Newsletter for Thursday, Jan. 21
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At the scene of Tuesday’s building fire at a Center City apartment building; photo via @jimmacmillan on Instagram.
YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THAT IT WILL SNOW
By Tuesday, hype over what could be a massive weekend snowstorm was already building. Katie Fehlinger of CBS3 had set things off Monday by predicting 17.9 inches. NBC10 all but guaranteed a “major snowstorm” would happen. So we put together a rundown of where they and others like the National Weather Service stand right now. Also, we’d like your help: If you see any forecasts by a local weather personality or one of the major groups that tracks these storms — or any cringeworthy comments they make on the air —let us know. Here’s how.
LAYOFFS AS NE PHILLY’S CARDONE MOVES TO MEXICO
Some 1,300 Northeast Philly workers will be losing their jobs over the next few years, as the auto parts remanufacturer Cardone Industries moves its operations south of the border. According to Philly Mag, the company is moving its brakes division to Mexico, which will lead to job cuts at its two Philly factories. Its local workforce will shrink to one thousand by the year 2018.
Philly's Red Bull Sound Select series is back for 2016, and Vacationer is headlining. Weekender and Queen of Jeans will open. 21+
Where: The Foundry at 1100 Canal St. 19123
When: January 21, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: $3 - $10
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THE CITYWIDE SPECIAL INDEX: GET THE MOST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
While the origins of “the Special” — as it’s called at Bob and Barbara’s — are often argued over, it’s generally accepted that sometime in the ’90s a bartender named Rick D. started selling a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon and a shot of Jim Beam for $3 at the dive bar at 15th and South streets. And now a cheap shot-and-beer combo is everywhere. So we wondered: Which citywide special truly reigns supreme? There are a few ways we can answer that.
ONE-PARTY TOWN: HOW BEING DEMOCRAT-HEAVY HOLDS PHILLY BACK
Today, registered Democrats in Philadelphia outnumber Republicans on a scale of more than seven to one. It’s been that way for 70 years. With just 111,000 people registered in their party, a Republican has little chance of winning higher office in Philadelphia — a city of more than 1.5 million — anytime soon. This influences how members of the community treat each other, even as young as grade school, and continues through a cycle of general elections involving incumbents who easily win year after year. It can ease the way for corruption. And in many ways, it’s hurting us in Harrisburg. Here’s how.